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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March.
By Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - A senior U.N. official on Saturday warned of a growing polarization between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar and said the living conditions in camps housing displaced Muslims were deplorable. Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, held a news conference at the end of a 10-day visit to the country and called on the government to tackle the recurring issue of inter-communal violence. Lee's itinerary included camps in the western state of Rakhine housing some 140,000 stateless Muslim Rohingya.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.
By Julien Pretot PERIGUEUX France (Reuters) - Having dominated on all terrains, Vincenzo Nibali is set to win the Tour de France after avoiding any late dramas on Saturday in the penultimate stage, a 54-km time trial from Bergerac won by Tony Martin. Italian Nibali finished fourth in the stage, nearly two minutes slower than the dominant German - who clocked one hour six minutes 21 seconds - but will roll into Paris on Sunday with an overall lead of seven minutes 52 seconds. Jean-Christophe Peraud climbed to second overall ahead of compatriot Thibaut Pinot and France are now poised to have two riders on the podium for the first time since Laurent Fignon and Bernard Hinault finished first and second in 1984. Nibali will become the sixth man to win all three grand tours barring a crash in Sunday's processional final stage that ends on the Champs Elysees, and the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.
ROME (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are wrapping up a whirlwind vacation in his ancestral homeland of Italy, complete with cheering crowds, paparazzi and, yes, even proof Italians do eat pizza with a knife and fork.
By Alan Baldwin BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday while Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton saw his hopes go up in flames. Hamilton, 14 points behind Rosberg after 10 races, has won in Hungary for the past two years and four times in total and was the favourite for pole and the race after setting the pace in practice. Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel qualified second, equalling his best grid placing of the season, on an all-German front row. Finland's Valtteri Bottas starts third in a Williams with Australian Daniel Ricciardo fourth for Red Bull on an overcast afternoon that saw light rain fall between the second and final phase of qualifying.
By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation on security issues and undermine the fight against terrorism and organised crime. Russia's Foreign Ministry also accused the United States, which has already imposed its own sanctions against Moscow, of contributing to the conflict in Ukraine through its support for the pro-Western government in Kiev. The 28-nation EU reached an outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.
A social media campaign – featuring the hashtag "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies" – is encouraging people to post pictures demonstrating solidarity between Jews and Muslims to protest against the growing religious conflict in Palestine. As the death toll in the Israeli-Hamas conflict passed 1,000 and the Israeli bombardment of Hamas militant stronghold in the Gaza strip reached its 19th day, the #JewsandArabsrefusetobeenemies campaign went viral on Twitter, Facebook and Vine. People tweeted and recorded videos to promote coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Palestine and across the world. The campaign was launched by Abraham Gutman and Dania Darwish, who are both students at Hunter College in New York.
By Patrick Markey TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli. Security in the Libyan capital has deteriorated following two weeks of fighting between brigades of former rebel fighters who have exchanged rocket, cannon and artillery fire in southern Tripoli near the embassy compound. The violence is the worst seen in Tripoli since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi. The fighting has killed at least 50 people, shut down most international flights and forced the United Nations and Turkey to pull out their diplomatic staff.
Alastair Cook insisted on Saturday he was strong enough to tough out the attacks on his form and ability as England captain and would carry on in the role. "My position remains the same and I'm desperate to carry on because I love being England captain and it is an honour," Cook told reporters ahead of the third test against India starting on Sunday in Southampton. Kevin Pietersen, sacked by England in February, is the latest player to say Cook should quit because he isn't up to the job.
By Michael Hann GLASGOW (Reuters) – - Athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are among the best in the world and the event has not been affected by big name withdrawals, six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt said on Saturday. With the likes of double Olympic champion Mo Farah and Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake forced to pull out of the Games with injury, the quality of the competition had been called into question. “I think the athletes that are here are top tier and they will try and perform,” Bolt, who will take part in his first Commonwealth Games after missing the 2006 and 2010 events, told reporters. It happens in the big Olympic Games and World Championships, sometimes just things go wrong at the last moment.” The arrival of the world record holder at 100m and 200m in Glasgow was met with great fanfare from the world's media and the 27-year-old posed for photographs in his customary "lightning bolt" celebration with children.
Prime Minister David Cameron may make domestic abuse a specific criminal offence, he said on Friday. In an interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Cameron said Britain needs to "get to grips" with the serious problem of domestic abuse in the UK. He said: "Of course domestic violence is a crime. Domestic abuse is an umbrella term that includes physical abuse, threats, emotional abuse, sexual assault and stalking.